Department of Anthropology

Shapiro, Russo Publish Study in Journal of Human Evolution

Mon, July 29, 2013

Professor Liza Shapiro and Graduate Student Gabrielle Russo have published a study in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Human Evolution suggesting that Oreopithecus did not have the capabilities for bipedal (moving on two legs) walking.

The study confirms that anatomical features related to habitual upright, two-legged walking remain exclusively associated with humans and their fossil ancestors. According to their findings, the anatomy of Oreopithecus lumbar vertebrae and sacrum is unlike that of humans, and more similar to apes, indicating that it is incompatible with the functional demands of human-like bipedalism.

The full study can be found here.

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